Indigenous Film Series


Stories of and by Indigenous peoples from around the world and across time, from right here in Manitoba, across Canada and around the Americas. Sponsored by Eagle Vision, Manitoba’s own Indigenous owned and operated film and television production company!





dir. Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias
Argentina | 2017 | 1 h 46 m | 14A
*award winner at Locarno IFF 2017
Cocote is the story of Alberto, a gardener who returns to his native town to attend the funeral of his father, murdered by a policeman. Here must reconcile his new Evangelical beliefs with the Indigenous traditions and rituals of his village. Oh, and there’s the little issue of seeking retribution for his father’s killing that the women in his family keep insisting he demand.
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dir. Valerie Red-Horse
USA | 2017 | 1 h 14 m | PG
*Best of Fest | Palm Springs IFF 2017
An in-depth and inspirational look at the life and work of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to be elected to serve as the Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
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Sweet Country

dir. Warwick Thornton
Australia | 2017 | 1 h 53 m | R
*Platform Prize | TIFF 2017
**Special Jury Prize | Venice Film Festival 2017
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like Australian Outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, Kelly and his wife Lizzie go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.
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Those Who Come, Will Hear

dir. Simon Plouffe in attendance!
Canada | 2018 | 1 h 17 m | PG
*Best Documentary Award | Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018
**Honourable Mention | DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2018
A cinematic survey of several indigenous languages of Quebec – all threatened with extinction. The film reveals the cultural importance of these oral traditions by reflecting on the consequences of their disappearance and through listening to the daily life of those who still speak them today.
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dir. Michelle Latimer
Canada | 2017 | 10 min | 14A | Sundance 2018
In this evocative meditation, a disturbing link is made between the resource extraction industries’ exploitation of the land and violence inflicted on Indigenous women and girls. Or, as one young woman testifies, “Just as the land is being used, these women are being used.
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Shorts #5 | Indigenous Filmmaker’s Association | 84 min


A collection of locally produced short films by Manitoba’s own Indigenous Filmmakers Association, including the following:

Mocassin Stories, dir. Charlene Moore
Waabishki-ma’iingan (A White Wolf), dir. Ryan Wilson
Red River Roots, dir. Rachel Beaulieu
Full of Fire, dir. Rhayne Vermette
Forgotten, dir. Jesse Spence
Bank Statement, dir. Tyshana Hobson
The Spider, dir. Roger Boyer
The Escapist, dir. Amanda Kindzierski
Run As One – The Journey of the Front Runners, dir. Erica Daniels


Laundry Day

dir. JJ Neepin
Manitoba | 2017 | 3 m | PG
*screens on the beach!
A dream while you sleep can have a possible deeper meaning than you think at the time. JJ retells a dream her late grandmother had when she was young woman.
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dir. Sonya Ballantyne
Manitoba | 2017 | 10 min | PG
In Nosisim, Sonya Ballantyne learns of her grandmother’s traumatic past through a drawing titled ‘Virginia and Gladys’ by famed Indigenous artist Daphne Odjig. This masterful rendition of Sonya’s grandmother and mother, Virginia and Gladys George, was done shortly after they were forced from their home because of a hydroelectric dam.
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Run As One – The Journey of the Front Runners

dir. Erica Daniels
Manitoba | 2018 | 19 min | PG
Ten young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg in 1967. But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them and handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried the torch into the stadium. Fifty years later the runners reunite to share their memories.
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Madison Thomas
Manitoba | 2017 | 5 min | PG
In this uplifting celebration of life, a young woman calls upon Indigenous people to embrace their history while coming together to strengthen their ties within the community.
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